Curriculum Ratings by Teachers (CURATE)

The Rennie Center is partnering with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to convene panels of Massachusetts educators to review evidence on implementing curricular materials and curricular alignment to Massachusetts learning standards. Their work will lead to a series of reports that provide guidance to schools and districts as they select high-quality core curricular materials.

Are you a teacher passionate about ensuring access to high-quality, standards-aligned PK-12 science, mathematics, or ELA curricular materials for Massachusetts students and educators? Apply now for the CURATE fellowship!

How does CURATE work?

The fellowship convenes over the course of one semester during the 2020-2021 school year. Fellows receive 9 hours of professional development on assessing evidence of curriculum quality and alignment. After the initial 3-hour orientation and 6-hour Saturday bootcamp, Fellows independently review, synthesize, and document evidence. Panelists reconvene 4-6 times to collaboratively evaluate, calibrate, and rate curricular materials. By the end of the process, panel teams agree upon quality & alignment ratings for each curriculum. The work of the CURATE panels results in a series of brief, user-friendly reports to support Massachusetts educators in making more informed curriculum choices.

Panelists receive a baseline stipend of $500 and an additional $250 for each product they review. Each panelist can expect to review between 1 and 3 products (for a total stipend of $750 to $1250) per semester. 

Qualifications

  • A current teacher of record with a summative performance rating of Proficient or Exemplary on the most recent evaluation.
  • Deep content knowledge and understanding of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English language arts (ELA) and literacy, mathematics, or science and technology/engineering (STE) 
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience by August 2020
  • Passionate about dedicating your time and expertise to reviewing curricular alignment and quality on behalf of students and educators in Massachusetts 


Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application
The written application asks you to complete general demographic information and short response questions.

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a phone interview.  

Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending all in-person and virtual sessions.

By engaging in the CURATE process, teachers gain deep insight into the quality and alignment of a variety of curricular materials. This is a highly selective leadership opportunity that provides Massachusetts teachers with an opportunity to expand their influence without leaving the classroom and to play a leading role in upholding quality curriculum. If you have any questions about the CURATE application process, contact Senior Associate Annelise Eaton at aeaton@renniecenter.org.

For more information on CURATE, visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website.